“    Dogs love to play, eat and spend time with their humans, and manufacturers are finding new ways to help dogs enjoy all three activities at once—with puzzles and interactive toys. Industry experts say the category has expanded as consumers demand more innovative and sophisticated ways to treat and entertain their dogs. “In the past, pet parents were happy with traditional tug-of-war toys or playing fetch with a stick, and they could have fun…”

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“      ModaPet ( has added three food and water bowls: Greyhound, Pesto and Ultraviolet. The traditional and pedestal style bowls have BPA-free composites and are made of food-grade polymer. The extremely durable bowls are microwavable and dishwasher safe. All ModaPet bowls are constructed with non-slip bases to help…”
by Pamela Mills-Senn on Feb 1, 2014
“    The little bloodsuckers are everywhere these days—no, not vampires or zombies, but fleas and ticks. Thanks in part to the weird weather patterns hitting many areas of the country, flea and tick problems have noticeably worsened in the past couple of years. Last year’s mild winter was characterized…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Feb 1, 2014
“  The dog treat category represents a unique sales opportunity for pet specialty retailers. With an unmatched ability to speak simultaneously to pet owners’ desire to both spoil their pets and provide them with wholesome, healthy nutrition—all while delivering relatively high margins to retailers—dog treats may be the ultimate profit…”
by Pamela Mills-Senn on Jan 1, 2014
“      Dog foods occupy an important position for the majority of pet specialty stores, accounting for a significant percent of profits and encouraging repeat visits, as well as impulse buys and add-on sales. So, it makes perfect sense to focus on this aspect of the business and explore…”